Quarterback Andy Dalton threw for just 214 yards but three touchdowns. Dalton is one of the rare touchdown-depending quarterbacks and will always be a QB2 in dynasty rankings.
Running back Gio Bernard had 123 rushing yards on 20 carries after filling in for starter Jeremy Hill. Bernard still has value as a RB3 in PPR league whether Hill is injured or not.
Tight end Tyler Eifert continues his breakout season with four catches for 49 yards and a touchdown. He’s already at TE1 in dynasty rankings but could elevate top-tier by the end of the season.
Quarterback Philip Rivers had a decent day with 241 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. It’s low-end QB1 numbers.
Rookie running back Melvin Gordon had 88 yards on 16 carries which is a lot more like it. He’ll continue to be the first and second down back so his production could be limited by lack of touchdown opportunities.
Meanwhile, Danny Woodhead had six catches for 68 yards 36 on the ground. It remains to be seen if his role will be affected by Antonio Gates absence but, if not, Woodhead will continue to be a RB2/3 in PPR dynasty rankings.
Quarterback Philip Rivers had a great 2015 debut with 404 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. He’s another veteran that is still reliable. He’s a low-end QB1 in dynasty rankings and should be for a few years.
Rookie Melvin Gordon had a sub-par debut with just 51 yards on 14 carries. He’s currently viewed as a RB1 in dynasty leagues but should probably be considered a RB2 until he can prove otherwise.
Receiver Keenan Allen had a huge day with 15 catches for 166 yards. If Rivers keeps up his performance, Allen will be the prime beneficiary and should be viewed as a low-end WR2 with upside.
Safety Eric Weddle proved why he should be considered a DB1 in IDP dynasty leagues with nine tackles and two passes defended. There’s no telling how many years Weddle has left but it’s about reliability in IDP and Weddle has it.
A couple of semi-breakout games for Detroit. First, rookie Ameer Abdullah ran for 50 yards and a touchdown plus four catches for 44 yards. If he keeps this up, he’s squarely a RB2 in PPR dynasty leagues.
The second was second-year tight end Eric Ebron with four catches for 53 yards and a touchdown. Hopefully it’s a sign of things to come and Ebron can be the solid TE1 he was drafted to be.
Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers showed he’s not done yet with 284 yards and three touchdowns against no interceptions against a very good defense. Rivers is probably not a QB1 in dynasty but you could do a lot worse as your QB2.
Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson had a very Wilsonian day with 202 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. Like last week, it’s not sexy but it’ll work. He’s a solid QB2.
Chargers tight end Antonio Gates turned back the clock with seven catches for 96 yards and three touchdowns. For dynasty purposes, Gates is a good win-now option but nothing more. If anything, it further dampens Ladarius Green’s stock.
Top five remains the same with Aaron Rodgers, Andrew Luck, Cam Newton, Matt Stafford, and Drew Brees.
Only real riser this month was Philip Rivers from 17th to 14th. He will have receiver Malcolm Floyd back and another year or Keenan Allen. Rivers is more a high-end QB2 instead of a low-tier QB1.
Rookie Blake Bortles drops from 15 to 20. Bortles may be more polarizing than Johnny Manziel as far as what his value will ultimately be. He probably won’t go lower than the second round in dynasty rookie drafts.
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The top five remains the same with Rodgers, Luck, Brees, Newton, and Stafford. Luck did gain some ground though.
The Nick Foles rise has finally settled in at #10. I think you could do a lot worse with Foles as your QB1 in dynasty leagues.
Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers is the other big riser going up to 14th from 17th. Rivers found his touch again and has some exciting new weapons in Keenan Allen and Danny Woodhead. It will be interesting to see how he does with the recent departure of offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt.
Giants quarterback Eli Manning continues his downward slide to 19th from 15th. He will be losing receiver Hakeem Nicks in the off-season and has little-to-no running game for protection.
Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers had another efficient day, going 18 of 27 for 217 yards and two touchdowns with zero turnovers. Rivers had a resurgence this season thanks to the hiring of coach Mike McCoy and should be a QB2 in dynasty leagues as long as McCoy is around.
Broncos tight end Julius Thomas led the Broncos in receiving yards with 76 to go along with six catches and seven targets. Thomas had a break-out season and will be a top five dynasty tight end as long as Peyton Manning is around.
Chargers rookie receiver Keenan Allen led the Chargers in targets (9), catches (6), yards (142) and had two touchdowns. Allen established himself as the lead guy in San Diego and should flirt with WR1 status in dynasty leagues next year.